Topic: Nature

Share Stories about San Juans Fishing for Conservation Project

Written on July 24, 2021 at 8:59 am, by

From San Juan County Environmental Stewardship Department San Juan County’s Environmental Stewardship Department wants to hear and share your fishing stories. We are collaborating with an organization called Salmon Nation that recognizes the fight for wild salmon is about much more than fish — it’s about culture, livelihoods and the viability of our natural and  Continue Reading

Join Virtual Seadoc Event to Learn about Organization’s Successes

Written on July 20, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From SeaDoc Society Bottoms Up will be a virtual one-hour event at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 9. Join us for an evening of science, education, storytelling and, most of all, fun. We’ll look back on a unique but incredibly productive year for SeaDoc Society from the seafloor to the surface. Don’t miss the journey! Registration is  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Labs Presents Marine Heatwave Lecture at Brickworks

Written on July 18, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Friday Harbor Labs Friday Harbor Labs is excited to welcome Dr. Gretchen Hofmann from the University of California, Santa Barbara, our 2021 Illg Distinguished Lecturer at Brickworks at 7 p.m. Aug. 4. The title of the lecture is “Marine heatwaves: what are we learning, what we can expect, and some talk about Hot Moms  Continue Reading

Birdwatching at the Sculpture Park

Written on July 17, 2021 at 5:39 am, by

To all bird watchers – Please join us at the San Juan Islands Sculpture Park this coming Wednesday, July 21st at 8:00 AM, where Phil Green, will again lead our monthly Bird Walk.  So far over 30 species have been identified.  Bring binoculars and mosquito repellent.  The park is located just past the Welcome Arch  Continue Reading

Zylstra Lake Preserve | Algal Blooms May Prevent Swimming

Written on July 17, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

By Doug McCutchen, Preserve Steward, San Juan County Land Bank This is the first in a series of articles describing the background of Zylstra Lake Preserve and the work that is going on to develop a long-term stewardship and management plan for the property. This article focuses on recreational access to the reservoir. Zylstra Lake  Continue Reading

State Recreation and Conservation Office Seeks Virtual Volunteers

Written on July 16, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office is recruiting 45 volunteers to fill positions on advisory committees that help determine how the state invests in the outdoors. The 18 committees evaluate grant proposals for parks, trails, boating amenities, firearm and archery ranges and other outdoor recreation facilities.  Continue Reading

Join Virtual Land Bank Meeting Friday

Written on July 14, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From the San Juan County Land Bank The San Juan County Land Bank Commission will hold its monthly meeting from 8:30-11:15 a.m., July 16 via Zoom. The public is invited to attend. Click here to download the agenda, Zoom link and meeting materials. To learn more about the San Juan County Land Bank, visit sjclandbank.org.  Continue Reading

Learn about Marine, Land Environment by Kayaking the San Juans with Skagit Valley College

Written on June 29, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From Skagit Valley College Skagit Valley College is enrolling now for a unique Sea Kayak Exploration class in the Salish Sea and the San Juan Islands. If you love the salt air and exploring the beautiful Salish Sea and the San Juan Islands, you’ll want to enroll now in this unique Skagit Valley College summer  Continue Reading

Reduce Plastic Use, Learn where San Juan Islands Garbage Goes

Written on June 28, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From Transition San Juan Island  Join Transition San Juan Island, Plastic Free Salish Sea and millions of other people worldwide in reducing your plastic waste in July. Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans  Continue Reading

Join The Whale Museum for Online Naturalist Training

Written on June 24, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From The Whale Museum We’ve been training marine naturalists since 1994. Our marine naturalist training course is an intensive six-day overview of the natural history of the San Juan Islands and the marine waters of Washington and Southern British Columbia, known as the Salish Sea. Summer’s session will be online July 19-24. This course includes  Continue Reading

Lease San Juan County Land Bank Land to Graze, Hay on San Juan Island

Written on June 22, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan County Land Bank If you frequent Roche Harbor Road, passing by the Land Bank’s Beaverton Marsh Preserve, you’ve probably noticed some different agricultural activities happening in the roadside fields lately. That’s because these pastures are transitioning from annual hay harvest to a seasonal grazing operation. San Juan Island rancher Mike Sundstrom has  Continue Reading

Trolls at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Written on June 19, 2021 at 11:27 am, by

Hello Friday Harbor and San Juan Island! As many of you know, Shannon and I have been traveling in our homemade camper van, exploring the United States. The San Juan Update has been mostly in the capable hands of Hayley Day who has been doing the heavy lifting daily maintenance in our absence. (Thank you  Continue Reading

Online San Juan County Land Bank Meeting Friday

Written on June 16, 2021 at 4:00 am, by

From San Juan County Land Bank The San Juan County Land Bank Commission will hold its monthly meeting 8:30-11:15 a.m. June 18 via Zoom. The public is invited to attend. Click here to download the agenda, including the Zoom link, and meeting materials. To learn more about your Conservation Land Bank, visit sjclandbank.org. If you’re  Continue Reading

Join San Juan County Land Bank Meeting Online Friday

Written on May 20, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the San Juan County Land Bank The San Juan County Land Bank Commission will hold its monthly meeting at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 21 via Zoom. This meeting will include a discussion of the Conservation Agriculture Resource Team’s Coffelt Farm final report. The public is invited to attend. Click here to download the agenda,  Continue Reading

Join San Juan Preservation Trust Annual Meeting Online Thursday

Written on May 18, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

By Angela Anderson, executive director, and Keith Wentworth, board president, San Juan Preservation Trust San Juan Preservation Trust’s 42nd annual meeting will be held 5-6:15 p.m., Thursday, May 20. We are excited to share our past year’s accomplishments in pursuit of our mission to conserve island land, care for the land under our protection, and  Continue Reading

New Washington State Orca Recovery Coordinator Named

Written on May 18, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office The Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office has named Olympia resident and long-time environmental advocate Tara Galuska to coordinate the state’s orca recovery efforts. As orca recovery coordinator, Galuska will be working with partners to help implement recommendations of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Southern Resident Killer Whale Task Force and tracking  Continue Reading

Bird Watch at San Juan Island Sculpture Park Wednesday

Written on May 17, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the San Juan Island Sculpture Park Join us from 8-10 a.m. Wednesday, May 19 to watch for our fine feathered friends at the San Juan Island Sculpture Park located next to Roche Harbor Resort. The event occurs every third Wednesday of the month through September. Last month, attendees spotted more than 28 bird species.  Phil  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Lab Tide Bites

Written on May 17, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

A Sunflower Star is Born By Jason Hodin, senior research scientist, Friday Harbor Labs.  Among the world’s hundreds of types of known starfish (or seastars as I’ll call them), our Pacific coast sunflower stars are true record breakers. They are the largest seastar in the world, with an arm-tip-to-arm-tip “wingspan” of more than two feet  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor’s Brickworks Turns 100 in 2021

Written on May 13, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild It seems like only a few years ago that the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild threw a grand opening party for our community’s beloved Brickworks building and plaza, but in fact, the original historic building is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. May is “History Lives Here” month  Continue Reading

San Juan County Master Gardeners Present Online Plant Sale May 5-12

Written on May 4, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the San Juan County Master Gardeners Healthy veggie starts and locally grown perennial landscaping plants need new homes. Like last year, the San Juan County Master Gardeners’ sale is online at SpringSale.org, with curbside pickup at the Mullis Center. The sale begins 9 a.m., Wednesday, May 5 and closes 5 p.m., May 12. Make  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau Suggests Tourism Plan to Protect Islands’ Nature

Written on May 3, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau Since May 2-8 is National Travel and Tourism Week, this is the perfect opportunity to restart the dialogue about the future of the San Juan Islands’ experience economy: tourism. Nobody in the world anticipated this vast, COVID-19 health crisis and resulting economic crisis. Industry after industry ground to a  Continue Reading

Shape San Juans’ Involvement in Maritime Washington National Heritage Area

Written on April 25, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

In 2019 Congress designated the area, which includes the San Juan Islands   By Caroline C. Grauman-Boss, executive director, Salish Sea Sciences Let the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation know what being part of the new Maritime Washington National Heritage Area means for you here in San Juan County.  The Maritime Washington National Heritage Area  Continue Reading